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It's Christopher Appreciation Day!

Eleven years ago today, Christopher became the fourth member of our family, just eighteen days old. He adds so much life, personality, love, and humor to our home. For his birthday, he had two friends sleep over and for the first time ever, we put up a tent in our backyard that the boys slept in. They loved it!
They filled it with sleeping bags, pillows, and junk food. Christopher got a new cell phone, so they could have communication with the house. They were a bit scared and had me keep all the outside lights on all night.
These silly eleven year old boys know how to goof around, but they are good boys too. Christopher told me that before they all went to bed, he said a good-night prayer for the three of them out there in the dark.
This is what I mean by goofy boys. Here is Brad.
Here is Matthew.
Then here's the birthday boy.
It was a perfect fall evening to be camping in the backyard.
I love my boy and am so thankful to be his mother. Happy Christopher Appreciation Day!
A couple of GQ poses here.
This beautiful photography is by Gabby Turner.


i love christopher. he's so cute. what a fun boy to have in your family. he always has a smile on his face. everytime we come over to your house for a party, he's always outside greeting me asking if he can help carry anything. such a gentleman!! i love it. and what a fun way to celebrate a birthday. that's my kind of camping. in a tent with your basic necessities especially the junk food, with warmish weather outside, with easy access to a pool, clean bathroom and a shower!!
Callisto said…
Oh, I love the picture of Christopher third from the bottom. So cool! I think it's such a neat thing that you commemorate the days you got your kids. I'm so glad that I can have such wonderful cousins. I love you, Christopher! (and Lindsey, of course)
Julie V. said…
Christopher, happy day for you! I love you little buddy!
~ Tina said…
Yay for Christopher! What a neat kid you seem to be, I hope one day I get to meet you in person, but it's still fun to say "hi" on the phone sometimes too!
The tent event looked really fun!
Heidi said…
I love camping in the backyard- fun birthday!
Lonna said…
I love reading things about what a great kid Christopher is. He is so sweet and I love how he is not afraid to share that. He makes such an effort to do nice things for others, and help out.

I like that you celebrate these days with your kids. And I think that they feel equally lucky to have you.
Cassie said…
It's seeing things like this that make me excited to have older kids. What a fun idea!
The Roberts said…
That sounds like so much fun with the tent in the backyard. Gabby did a great job with his pics. I swear the first picture on the post looks like Kelly. Look at his picture just to the right. You probably dont see if though becuase parents usually dont see the similarities. (yes, I realize he is adopted-even more reason why I thought that was cool.)
Bobbi said…
These are good pics of Christopher--he is looking more grown up these days! Camping out in the yard is fun--but did you worry about snakes?!
Julie said…
What a great way to celebrate such a wonderful day! I love the GQ pictures!

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